Foundation of the Irish Free State


DATE: 2 – 3 December 2022

VENUE: University College Dublin & Livestream

  • Friday 2 December: UCD O’Reilly Hall
  • Saturday 3 December: UCD FitzGerald Debating Chamber
  • Format: hybrid – in-person and streaming online
  • Tickets are free, register here



On Friday 2 and Saturday 3 December 2022 UCD will host the concluding conference of the State’s Decade of Centenaries programme, marking one hundred years since the foundation of the Irish Free State.

This major two-day conference seeks to explore the process of state formation amid an ongoing civil war and uncertainty over the future of the border with Northern Ireland, the evolution of the institutions of the state since 1922, and the challenges that state, society, and citizenry faced a century ago. It will include a keynote address, panels, exhibitions, and a roundtable discussion, with the aim of informing and stimulating wider public discourse on this key event in the history of Irish independence and statehood.


The conference is funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and by UCD Research.


Designs for the Great Seal of the Irish Free State', created in pen and ink by Archibald McGoogan in 1923 (in the Hugh Kennedy papers)